Stewart Creek TH?

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Re: Stewart Creek TH?

Postby Kevin Baker » Sat Dec 19, 2009 10:19 pm

sgladbach wrote:Britt, et. al.

I edited that report so the San Luis portion might be more useful. In the end, evalute each new section as you come to it. hopefully, the solutiond to the Avy potential routes will appear. Conditons are improving by the day! Except for wind, things look good!


Hi, Steve:

I'm not sure where you've been hiking lately, but the last 2 weeks I have seen very dangerous snow condtions in both the Mosquitos and near Breckenridge. It's probably the worst I have seen for this time of year. There were shooting cracks and whumphs all over the place on very low angle slopes, obvious telltale signs of unstable snow. A couple friends of mine set off a small slide on fairly low angle slopes today in the Mosquitos. Be careful out there, folks!
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Re: Stewart Creek TH?

Postby mountainmicah83 » Tue Dec 29, 2009 7:42 am

I was up there on saturday and sunday to do a little recon and some winter camping with a couple of buddies. We drove up the roads from creede. We were able to drive within a couple of miles of the equity mine (summer TH) The snow starts at the junction about 3 miles before the TH and the snowcats have been packing a decent trail. We were able to make it a ways on the snowcat tracks with a standard jeep cherokee. From there, you can hike without your snowshoes to nearly the top of the first pass. Just be sure to stay left on the cat tracks when they split. (we didn't do this and snowshoes were necessary) We decided to setup camp before reaching the first pass because we didn't even start hiking until the early afternoon and the sun was getting ready to set. We were hoping to possibly dig a snow cave but the snow is not quite deep enough yet. Maybe 2 more feet. Another problem is a mix of hard crusty layers and sugary layers. Even on very low angle slopes below treeline (15 deg) the snow was whumpfing and cracking. We just dug a big pit in the snow and camped out under the stars in the -9 deg weather. Luckily there was no wind. We ended up being in our bags from about 5 PM until almost 9 AM when the sun came back up. We had our snowboards and were planning on riding down something but with the wierd conditions we decided not to risk it even with beacons probes and shovels.

I hope this info helps someone out there.
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Re: Stewart Creek TH?

Postby unclegar » Tue Dec 29, 2009 12:36 pm

Very helpful. Thanks!
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